Nicholson: Our past assumptions have been turned on their head

Top stories from The Slovak Spectator in 2020.

Tom NicholsonTom Nicholson (Source: Sme)

1. Despite controversial behaviour, he ended the era of Smer’s dominance. Who is the new prime minister, Igor Matovič? Unpredictable, controversial, but the only one to defeat Smer. Meet Igor Matovič

2. The cantuccini-style almond biscuits were once more popular than famous Bratislava rolls. A small bakery is now searching for a forgotten recipe: Baker of legendary rolls tries a forgotten Bratislava delicacy

3. The Spiš Museum hides a unique artefact. Take a look at Celtic Bronze statue found near Poprad: Archaeologists discover Bronze Celtic statue with golden eyes

4. The very first coronavirus case was confirmed in Slovakia in early March: Coronavirus confirmed in Slovakia

5. Do you have plans for travelling? This guide may be handy: How to travel to and from Slovakia during COVID-19

6. Slovakia’s COVID-19 miracle. How the country managed the first wave: The COVID-19 miracle: What happened in Slovakia?

7. Forbidden in Asia, but frequent on our tables. What makes poppy inseparable from Slovak cuisine? Slovaks and poppies: An inseparable duo for centuries

8. The opening session of the Kuciak murder title had a “very Slovak” moment: The banality of evil

9. The linguistic convention for Slovak surnames is changing: Ová and out: Slovak women dropping female suffix from surnames

10. Our past assumptions have been turned on their head. Journalist Tom Nicholson on his life in Slovakia: The virtue of knowing too little

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The mass testing in Nitra.

News digest: Results from weekend nationwide testing still not out

The parliamentary committee recommends one candidate for new police chief. NASA picks a picture by Slovak photographer as its Astronomy Picture of the Day.

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Gábor Grendel (OĽaNO), Juraj Šeliga (Za Ľudí), and SaS MPs Marian Viskupič and Jana Bittó Cigániková.

Matovič government takes after Smer in lawmaking

The second-largest testing scheme of the whole population is underway in Slovakia. Government says they ordered enough vaccines. Layoffs of transnationals in Bratislava.

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PM Igor Matovič (front) and Economy Minister Richard Sulík (back)

Hlas is gaining strength, along with Sulík’s SaS

At the same time, most people think PM Matovič is not managing the coronavirus crisis well.

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US President Joe Biden

Biden really is waking up each morning with the goal of making things better

The new president is old and imperfect, but it's difficult to question his motives.

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